Despite widespread popular support for environmental action, Phillip F. Cramer argues that current U.S. environmental policy approaches fail to address the real threat of environmental insecurity. Cramer traces this failure to a reluctance to recognize and address the interconnectedness of natural forces-just as all elements within the environment are linked, so too should our perspectives on, and responses to, environmental degradation be linked. In this book Cramer provides an innovative holistic approach to environmental protection that incorporates the best lessons learned from the fields of biology, ethics, philosophy, political science, law, ecology, and international relations. He especially advocates local action and, providing illustrative examples, demonstrates how local action around the world is most effective when carried out within a global framework that supports information dissemination and international coordination. This book will energize to thought and action any scholar, student, or general reader concerned with environmental issues and our current trajectory toward environmental decay.
Phillip F. Cramer is the author ofDeep Environmental Politics: The Role of Radical Environmentalism in Crafting American Environmental Policy (1998).
Chapter 1 The Groundwork Chapter 2 Environmental Insecurity Chapter 3 No Place, Person, or People Is Immune Chapter 4 A Natural Approach to Nature Chapter 5 Getting There Together Chapter 6 Creating Global Foundations Chapter 7 All Pollution is Local Chapter 8 Everyone Else Is Doing It Chapter 9 Putting It All Together Chapter 10 Getting Past the Hurdles and Reaping the Rewards Chapter 11 Rewarding the New Century With a New Approach